[NFBV-Potomac-Announce] January Potomac Chapter Book Club Meeting

John Halverson jwh100 at outlook.com
Tue Dec 29 16:06:04 UTC 2020

Hello Colleagues and Friends,

Happy New Year!

Our January book club meeting will take place on Zoom, January 6 at 7:00 PM.  The Zoom details are below.

Our book is Hornet Flight by Ken Follett.  The book is nearly 20 years old and I am unable to locate specific discussion questions.  I believe that Nancy is  also looking.  In the mean time I have some generic fiction questions we may use.  They are attached and below.



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Hornet Flight Generic Questions

1. How did you experience the book? Were you engaged immediately, or did it take you a while to
"get into it"? How did you feel reading it-amused,
sad, disturbed, confused, bored...?

2. Describe the main characters-personality traits, motivations, and inner qualities.
* Why do characters do what they do?
* Are their actions justified?
* Describe the dynamics between characters (in a
   marriage, family, or friendship).
* How has the past shaped their lives?
* Do you admire or disapprove of them?
* Do they remind you of people you know?

3. Are the main characters dynamic-changing or maturing by the end of the book? Do they learn about themselves, how the world works and their role in it?

4. Discuss the plot:
* Is it engaging-do you find the story interesting?
* Is this a plot-driven book-a fast-paced page-turner?
* Does the plot unfold slowly with a focus on character?
* Were you surprised by complications, twists & turns?
* Did you find the plot predictable, even formulaic?

5. Talk about the book's structure.
* Is it a continuous story...or interlocking short stories?
* Does the time-line move forward chronologically?
* Does time shift back & forth from past to present?
* Is there a single viewpoint or shifting viewpoints?
* Why might the author have chosen to tell the story
   the way he or she did?
* What difference does the structure make in the way
   you read or understand the book?

6. What main ideas-themes-does the author explore? (Consider the title, often a clue to a theme.) Does the author use symbols to reinforce the main ideas? (See our free LitCourses on both Symbol and Theme.)

7. What passages strike you as insightful, even profound? Perhaps a bit of dialog that's funny or poignant or that encapsulates a character? Maybe there's a particular comment that states the book's thematic concerns?

8. Is the ending satisfying? If so, why? If not, why not...and how would you change it?

9. If you could ask the author a question, what would you ask? Have you read other books by the same author? If so how does this book compare. If not, does this book inspire you to read others?

10. Has this novel changed you-broadened your perspective? Have you learned something new or been exposed to different ideas about people or a certain part of the world?

(Questions by LitLovers. Please feel free to use them, online or off, with attribution. Thanks.)

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